Apr 13 2009, 03:41 PM
You're using conflicting word pairings in your question.
Very rarely is something both cheap and good. You get what you pay for. If you're looking for something on the cheap, stay away from aviation, because nothing in that hobby/career/industry is cheap regardless of how good or bad the product or teaching is.
Apr 13 2009, 04:30 PM
Each country has different rules and as I presume you are from Australia,read the link below and you will find a lot of answers to your questions.
Apr 13 2009, 11:18 PM
this will allow you to experience a bit of aviation for free. Check it out:http://www.youngeagles.org/
Apr 14 2009, 05:57 AM
and welcome to the Forums!!
Empress did really nail it pretty much on the head with HER
I think it's a safe question to ask what type of pilot are you wanting to becoming, sports pilot, private, instrument, commercial, airline??
You do pay for what you get, and in aviation you really can't 'afford' to recieve 'cheap' training....
with that said there are many ways to help you save money to help you with your flight training.
With you being 14 years old and wanting to start flight training, you could be spending money before you could 1, solo in the United States, 2 get your private pilots licence.
I suggestion I've come across depending if you want to fly professionally one day, is to buy a 'good used aircraft' and seek out for a 'good flight instructor' to teach you in your own plane, then once you've 'acquired your licenses' sell your aircraft and gain your money back or a good portion 'we hope'
Splitting the cost on cross country flights with another pilot while time buidling for your commercial that doesn't affect the specific requirements for meeting the minimum aeronautical experience for that specificl licence.
there is more, but here are a couple, and with it being 3am , I'm off to bed.
PS. I'll leave more suggestions when able.
Apr 15 2009, 03:21 AM
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I didn't think you were
Typo!!!! <3 tired + typo = turely sorry
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Aug 29 2009, 06:24 AM
Hey RAAF 51, Galaxy and Boeing Ace gave you some useful links. BMeister`s idea was fine if you can afford to buy a plane AT FOURTEEN !
Forget all this "you get what you pay for" THAT in aviation is totally unrealistic, totally.
You can pay for the BEST met service in the world and the weather will change. You can have the BEST most expensive engine in the world and it could stop for a myriad of reasons.
So, forget the money for now. As you are 14, take advatage of the brilliant situation you are in. Go to a local flying school and suss them out, get a picture on what sort of people they are, how they operate and why they do things their way. Then check out other clubs. You cannot just got to a place because it is expensive or cheap or because it was recommended by an established august society, you have to go and see for your self.
It is a business. YOU are the client, you pay their wages with your money and they teach you to fly with their products/services.
There are very expensive schools, some of which are good some are c--p.
There are cheap schools, some of which are good, some are c--p. What is dependent on everything is the guy running the show. The owner, the boss man and/or his family. The management.
Do you have a plan of action? Questions? What do they think of your plan of action or your questions?
Just like in the school yard. Their are scruffy kids who are stars. There are smart kids who are to be avoided. There are smart kids who are stars and scruffy kids to be avoided. Its the same with flying schools. Some flying schools are run by engineers, and the aircraft will fly on and on for ever.
Some are run by business tykes, and all the aircraft are newy shiny sparkly and it all looks polished.
Some are run by pilot types whose emphasis is on flying, either way, the emphasis on the performa of the school will be the influence of the Boss.
So go and see what it is like at some of the schools near you. you may be surprised ! YOU have to go and figure out the the place and see if it is the coolest school for YOU. Because what got FRED flying will not necessarily be suitable for BILL, say.
You need a school that will run at your (desired pace). If you go in there and they say, "yup, right and right, and well, anyway, we do a modular, this and that and the program is this and that and if you like the idea then you have to pay this and that and this is the number to ring for when you want to get started, ok? - any questions?" then well, you figure it out.
To see a 14 year old come into a school with his/her dream of becoming a pilot - would be a dream for most teachers of the trade of flying. If they ingnore you as some 14 year old wannabe who does not really wannbe, then go find some interaction elsewhere. Therefore, they should see you as a golden opportunity to make a pilot out of you and help you towards your dream shot (later on you may decide to try to join the military, who have got jets and you get to fly for free and they pay you too!)
So, if you really want to fly - then make sure you get the most appropriate response from the schools or clubs you visit.
Of course they want your money, they cannot teach you or survive without it. Maybe you can strike a deal.
Just suss the club out. Maybe they are a club who care not about your flight training and just want your wonga (money). these places do exist.
Then again, you go to a school and the are Transport Cafe` level and one dude has his feet on the coffee table and there is a guy in from the local fighter base and another pops in when he is not over the Atlantic and there is a cool and elegant blonde chick who happens to be the Chief examiner of the area/region/state and she chatted with you and did not reveal her identity until you had both shared a conversation on the subject of flying aeroplanes.
There is a lot to learn and there are schools out there for YOU. YOU just have to go wander around and find it.
Just like a New Car or a Girlfriend, some are expensive, some are cheap, some are high maintenance, some are not.
The best school in the world in my opinion, is not the most expensive and provides the best in flight training and welcomes you as part of a family / club. with warmth and friendliness and a "no B-------t attitude" . . . yet they say, they think they b------t all the time. . . . , you want a smart club as in intelligent and a friendly club as in they don`t want to rip you off.
You want the Flying Club or School to be there, for you, to help YOU realise your dream - all the work will come from you, they cannot give you the licence but they can make that journey as pleasent and as fun and safe as possible.
On the word "safe" don`t worry, there are very few, if any "unsafe" places - all the clubs and schools are highly regulated.
So, go forth and go find a cool school for YOU.
Good Luck. ( I wish I was fourteen, I`d be a Line Captain by 22, I swear!)